SCALING AND POLISHING – FAQS

What is scaling?

Our teeth are subjected to staining and bacterial action because of the foods we eat. A sticky film called plaque continuously forms on our teeth. This sticky film contains bacteria which needs to be removed daily. If left unattended it leads to development of calculus or tartar along with accumulation of food between the teeth. This build up of calculus leads to gum bleeding, inflammation and infection. Scaling removes plaque, tartar and hard crusty calculus deposits which are loaded with bacteria from the surface of the teeth. This process also removes deposits which may have formed below the gum line and along the root. This procedure is especially effective when there is mild inflammation of the gums.

How is scaling done?

Scaling is done using ultrasonic scalers with water at high speed to dislodge the deposits from the tooth surface.

What is polishing?

Scaling is followed by polishing which removes the stains from the surface of the teeth. A paste along with rubber cups are used to remove the stains and also give a smooth and shiny tooth surface.

Why should scaling and polishing be done regularly?

Scaling and polishing are needed on regular basis. It is advised that everyone irrespective of how good their oral hygiene is should get scaling of their teeth done at least once in six months to prevent gum infection and loss of teeth and bone. With regular professional care and persistence from the patient's side, we can assure you of a great smile always.